A teenager, Kassidy Kovar, who lives in Frazee, Minnesota, started a service project and named it “The Bark Houndation.” Kovar’s inspiration for starting the project had come from her rescue dog named Harley.
The purpose of the project is to advocate for humane and fair treatment of the animals through awareness and education. The project aims to support animals that need to be rescued and works by promoting adoptions, donations, and fostering.
Kovar, who is a senior at Perham High School, told reporters that after a skiing accident that had left her with a broken jaw, cracked skull, and ruptured eardrum, she suffered a concussion that made her feel depressed and anxious. Kovar said that a few months after the concussion, she got a rescue dog named Harley, who made her a lot more comfortable and brought her back to her usual fun-loving self.
Kovar said that she felt a desire to help other shelter animals so they could also be able to bring a positive change in people just like Harley did to her.
Kovar has written letters to local representatives in other states to share her story and to urge them to follow Minnesota in becoming no-kill states.
In addition to the letter-writing campaign, Kovar also sold more than a hundred dozen organic dog treats to raise funds and help animals. The funds were sent in the form of Walmart gift cards to 26 animal rescues and shelters in twenty-two different states.
Kovar has also led youth groups from the local community and up-cycled t-shirts into canine toys and donated them to the local humane societies.
The determined teenager plans to study business and pre-veterinary so that she can get the expertise to make The Bark Houndation grow and also someday have her own animal rescue.
Image source: Perham Focus